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tt-howard-beachSinging Hallelujah in Howard Beach

The sonorous sounds of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus streamed from Our Lady of Grace Church, Howard Beach, on Easter morning thanks to the parish Youth Choir, above, which is comprised of 30 children, ages six to 12, who rehearse every week and sing each Sunday at the 10 a.m. Mass, under the direction of Steven Eriquez, with music provided by Matthew Zinser, parish music director. These youngsters worked especially hard for Easter, which made pastor, Father Anthony Rucando, proud. 

Cathedral Prep and Seminary, Elmhurst, will host its 16th annual Alumni Reunion/Immaculata Dinner on Friday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. 
The honorees will be Msgr. Michael J. Hardiman, pastor of St. Patrick Church, Bay Ridge, and Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, superintendent of Catholic Schools Support Services.
The dinner will also recognize the 50th and 25th anniversary classes of 1964 and 1985, respectively, as well as the classes of ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04.
Tickets are $90. Contact Tim McCleary, 718-592-6800 ext. 137 or

The New York “Mary from Dungloe” Irish Gala Dance will take place May 17, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s School Auditorium, Astoria. Event features the New York Showband, Irish dancers and traditional Irish music as well as a hot buffet and open bar. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
For tickets, call 347-596-6104 or 718-361-1847, or e-mail

New York Landmarks is sponsoring a Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, May 17 and 18, and St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brooklyn Heights, has been selected as one of the sites.
Stop in between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and take a look at this local gem! Parishioners will serve as volunteer guides. For details, call 718-625-1177.

Join the good people of Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village, at a farewell luncheon honoring Sister Christine Cusati, M.S.B.T., who has directed the parish Outreach Ministry in recent years.
Sister Christine will be feted at The Inn at New Hyde Park on Saturday, June 14, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $65, and attendees must RSVP by May 25. For tickets, call Rosemary, 718-776-1616, or Kathy, 718-776-3806.

Tablet TALK Quote of the Week: Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” — Judy Garland

Get free blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings at Our Lady of Refuge, Flatbush, when the parish hosts its fifth annual Health Fair, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school basement. Free health information and giveaways. Call 718-434-2090.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Msgr. Joseph Nagle, former pastor of St. Patrick Church, Bay Ridge, who received the 2014 Man of the Year Award from St. Patrick’s Men’s Club at the club’s fifth annual Communion Dinner in Bay Ridge, April 26. Msgr. Nagle, who was also the guest speaker at the dinner, served the parish for a decade before his recent appointment as diocesan director of the Propagation of the Faith.

Young adults are invited to explore their faith with peers at a Young Adult Day of Reflection, May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I. For details, contact Paul Morisi, 718-965-7300 ext. 5556.

tt-blessPolish Easter Tradition Observed in Greenpoint

Polish children presented colorful baskets filled with eggs, meats, breads, greens, fruit and sweets for a traditional blessing on Holy Saturday at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, Greenpoint. The children then shared the blessed food with their families on